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Riverdale closed off by floodwaters; Dan expected to peak Sunday morning (UPDATE)

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Vehicles crossed through the 501-58 intersection around 2 p.m. Saturday despite floodwaters spilling over into the busy intersection. Town of South Boston Public Works shut down the intersection around 2:30 p.m., with detours in place for motorists passing through the area.
SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2020
The Dan River in South Boston is expected to crest at 29.9 feet above flood stage early Sunday morning after two days of torrential rainfall in the region. Rising floodwaters closed off the Riverdale commercial district on Friday morning and shut down the busy 501-58 intersection Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg downgraded the flood forecast in South Boston after initially predicting the Dan River would exceed the crest in October 2018, when Tropical Storm Michael swept through the area. The revised peak will also come up short of May's flood, when the Dan rose to 30.11 feet above stage. The highwater mark for 2020 was set Feb. 9, when the Dan crested at 30.56 feet above stage in Riverdale.

When Tropical Storm Michael hit in October 2018, the Dan peaked at 31.4 feet in Riverdale.

The stretch of 501 through Riverdale closed Friday morning, although the river had not yet crept into the roadway. The NWS expects the crest to arrive Sunday morning at 1 a.m. at a level of 29.9 feet, with the Dan expected to stay at that elevation until 7 a.m. when floodwaters will start to recede.

In the City of Danville, a number of streets have been covered by floodwaters since Thursday, including Goodyear Boulevard from the Danville Expressway to Jenny Lane.

NWS Blacksburg issued flash flood warnings in South Boston, Danville, Reidsville, N.C., Brookneal and Keysville on Wednesday after heavy rain began to fall early Wednesday morning. Over the period from early Wednesday to Thursday afternoon, 5.71 inches of rain fell in Danville, 3.83 inches fell in Clover and 4.07 inches came down in east South Boston.

This story will be updated.

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